|Tags:||jazz clarinet swing blues american|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
15 May 1901, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 11 February 1967, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Hall was born into a highly musical family: his father played clarinet and four of his brothers became professional musicians, mostly on reed instruments, the best known of these being clarinettist Herb Hall. After playing clarinet in his home-town with Buddy Petit, Lee Collins, Kid Thomas Valentine and others in the early 20s, Hall headed for the north and a marked change of musical scene. From 1929 and throughout the 30s he became one of the most respected and sought-after clarinettists in jazz, playing in a manner which, while never losing the intrinsic qualities of New Orleans jazz, allowed him to play an important role in the swing era. Among the musicians with whom he worked during these years were Claude Hopkins, Lucky Millinder, Zutty Singleton and Joe Sullivan. In the early 40s Hall played in the band of Henry Red Allen, made some excellent quartet...